Keeping the US Navy Updated on the Physical Readiness Program


Involuntary Separation Pay Not Authorized for PFT Failures

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — To comply with DOD-wide policy, members separated from the Navy after Jan. 1 solely for failing the physical fitness test (PFT) portion of the physical fitness assessment (PFA) will not be authorized involuntary separation pay, according to a NAVADMIN released Dec. 29.

Policy for involuntary separations before Jan. 1 did not distinguish between separations for failing the PFT and separations relating to weight control.

Members separated for failing the body composition assessment (BCA) in any of three PFA failures may receive one-half involuntary separation pay as long as they are eligible for such pay in all other respects, including the requirement, if qualified, to serve in either the selected reserve or individual ready reserve.

Members who have been involved in misconduct or who are not performing satisfactorily must be separated for those reasons, not for weight control.

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